The 827th meeting of Hand and Heart Lodge No 4109 saw the 96th installation in the history of the lodge, and a first time in the chair for master elect Ray Lord, who himself was initiated into Hand and Heart lodge in 1979 some 38 years ago.
The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall was in good attendance where members of the lodge and visitors alike were honoured and delighted by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton.
John was in good company being accompanied by group vice chairman and fellow grand officer David Durling, along with other group officers, Provincial grand officers and other distinguished brethren to witness the installation ceremony of Ray.
The installing and worshipful master Ian Wood having opened the lodge commenced and convened the lodge business up to the third degree where John accompanied by David entered the lodge room. Ian kindly offered John the gavel but John indicated he was more than happy to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the evenings’ ceremony.
Ray was then presented and installed in a most sincere manner. There then followed presentations of the working tools in the third degree by Mark Ormiston, in the second degree by Peter Stockton and in the first degree by Ian Wood.
Peter gave a further presentation of the address to the WM and due to the new senior warden being inadvertently unavailable to attend the installation having been detained at a local hospital at that time, the address to the junior warden was given by David Durling, followed by the address to the brethren given by John in an extremely heartfelt fashion.
On completion of the installation ceremony, John then rose to his feet to bring the sincere greetings, congratulations and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. John said that Tony was aware that Ray was taking the master’s chair for a first time in his lodge and wished him and the members of the lodge a happy and healthy and most importantly an enjoyable year ahead. John said he had witnessed a very nice installation ceremony. In response, Ray rose and thanked John for conveying the good wishes.
On the first rising, David Durling brought the greetings of the grand officers. David said he had experienced a most enjoyable ceremony and it was a delight to see a long-standing master Mason be installed into the master’s chair and concurred with those wishes communicated through John for a happy year ahead.
In a slightly different fashion, after John had responded to his toast at the festive board where he had passed on his own personal greetings, Ray in his response, handed a charitable donation by way of a cheque made out to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £200. John gave grateful thanks to the lodge on behalf of those who will eventually benefit from the kind generosity of the lodge brethren, he said that the donation was most gratefully received and would be most faithfully applied.
A typical and very enjoyable jovial festive board in the true Hand and Heart style continued into the evening thus concluding a most excellent evening.